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The Real Shadow Policy of the Trump Administration Is Racist Extremism, Truthout

A Global Green New Deal Could Defeat the Far Right — and Save the Planet, Newsweek

Trump’s Attack on the Law is Global, Inside Sources

Trump, Brexit: Where’s the Backlash? Foreign Policy In Focus

Whose Coups? Foreign Policy In Focus

Soldiers Who Fight War, Foreign Policy In Focus

Inside the Battle for Another World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will Impeachment Affect Trump’s Reelection Chances? Hankyoreh

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home, Foreign Policy In Focus

Did the Fall of the Berlin Wall Produce Trump? Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Fantasy Ukraine, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Islamic State and Trump’s Delusion, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of the Back-Pedal, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Far Right’s War on Culture, TomDispatch

Impeachment’s Effect on Trump’s Foreign Policy, Hankyoreh

Trump’s Endless Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency, Foreign Policy In Focus

The New Age of Protest, Foreign Policy In Focus

For Trump, Regime Change Begins at Home, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collapse of the East Asian Order, Hankyoreh

Threat of Bolton Has Receded But Not Threat of War, Foreign Policy In Focus

Hong Kong and the Future of China, Foreign Policy In Focus

Burning Down the House, Foreign Policy In Focus

Slowbalization: Boon or Bane? Foreign Policy In Focus

Is America Crazy? Hankyoreh

North Korea’s Momentous Transition, Shuddhashar

Afghanistan: Out of the Graveyard and into the Pyre? Foreign Policy In Focus

The GOP’s Sinister New Nationalism, Foreign Policy In Focus

How to Decide the Fate of the Planet, TomDispatch

Boris Johnson and the Battle of Britain, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Send-Them-Back Doctrine, Foreign Policy In Focus

Pyongyang on the Potomac, Foreign Policy In Focus

To Impeach or Not to Impeach, Hankyoreh

Trump’s Bluster Diplomacy, Hankyoreh

On Iran, It’s Trump Vs. Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will AI Swing the 2020 Election? Foreign Policy In Focus

Democracy Desperately Needs a Reboot, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Misadventures of Tariff Man, Foreign Policy In Focus

Russia and the Future of Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Bolton in Wonderland, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Rising Tide of the Populist Right, TomDispatch

Global Game of Thrones, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Widening Rift between the US and China, The Nation

A Farewell to Arms Control? Foreign Policy In Focus

Bolton and the Troika of Tyranny, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Dictator and the Nihilist, Foreign Policy In Focus

World Gives America One Year to Stop Trump or Face Sanctions, Foreign Policy In Focus

Ayatollah Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Mueller, RussiaGate, and the 2020 Elections, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The World’s Most Dangerous Divide, Foreign Policy In Focus

Summit Interruptus, Foreign Policy In Focus

Answering the Attacks on the Green New Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Psychology of the Wall, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s War On Intelligence, Foreign Policy In Focus

Venezuela: No to Intervention, No to Maduro, Foreign Policy In Focus

Deal, No Deal: Britain’s Fearful Future, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Next US-North Korean Summit, Hankyoreh

Trump Punts on Syria, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will Trump Rule by Decree? Foreign Policy In Focus

Peak Trump, Hankyoreh

The New World Order Is Here, TomDispatch

The Importance of the New Netflix Dystopia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Review: Trump Presidency Season Two, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Turns the G20 into the G19, Foreign Policy In Focus

It’s a Borderful World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Is Korea’s Cold War About to End? Foreign Policy In Focus

Welcome to the Ultimate Escape Room, TomDispatch

Trump’s Only Electoral Strategy Was Racism, Foreign Policy In Focus

Bernie Sanders and the Progressive International, Foreign Policy In Focus

What RussiaGate Skeptics Get Wrong, In These Times

Assassins without Borders, Foreign Policy In Focus

Why Is the Radical Right Still Winning? Foreign Policy In Focus

Do Bullies Always Win? Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea: Nukes vs. War, Hankyoreh

#MeToo Goes Global, Foreign Policy In Focus

Say Goodbye to the Guardrails of Governance, TomDispatch

There’s a New Crash Coming, Foreign Policy In Focus

The GOP Wants Trumpism Without Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Who’s the Real Maverick: Trump or McCain? Foreign Policy In Focus

What Trump Means by the Deep State, Hankyoreh

The Best of All Possible Worlds? Foreign Policy In Focus

Wait, You’re Sanctioning Us? Foreign Policy In Focus

The War Before the Iran War, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Next Move on North Korea, Hankyoreh

Trump’s Dirty Money, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Flight 93 Doctrine, TomDispatch

Europe Should Bolt NATO, Inside Sources

What’s Next with North Korea? The National Interest

Trump’s Assault on Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Dictator Dating Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Investment in North Korea, Hankyoreh

Bernies of the World, Unite! Foreign Policy In Focus

World to Refugees: Go to Hell, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Unileaderism, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dear White People, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Real Obstacle to Peace between Pyongyang and Washington, Hanyoreh

The Korean Shell Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Disrupters-in-Chief, Foreign Policy In Focus

Playing Trump for Peace, TomDispatch

Thus Begins the Bolton Administration, Foreign Policy In Focus

Left Behind by Korea’s Success, Boston Review

What Would Korean Reunification Look Like? Hankyoreh

The Banality of Haspel, Foreign Policy In Focus

Two-Faced Trump: Peace in Korea, War in the Middle East, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea and the Geopolitics of Impossible, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Trade War Is About Trump, Not China, Foreign Policy In Focus

With Tillerson Out, Trump Is Bringing Foreign Policy Deeper into the Dark Side, Fortune

Killmonger’s World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump to the International Community: Drop Dead, TomDispatch

Hunting Witches in Washington, Foreign Policy In Focus

How Those Trump-Kim Talks Might Go, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Nobel for Donald Trump over Korea? Hankyoreh

The New New Cold War, Foreign Policy In Focus

Oh, Magog! Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Majoritarian Dream, Foreign Policy In Focus

No Diplomacy for South Korea, Hankyoreh

Russiagate or Deep State? Foreign Policy In Focus

Russiaburger, Foreign Policy In Focus

Big Surprise: Rich Globalists Love Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dr. Evil’s First Year in Office, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Foreign Policy of Sticks and Stones, Foreign Policy In Focus

Walking Back War in Korea, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump and the Iran Protests, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea: The Costs of War, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Insurrectionists, Foreign Policy In Focus

Eastern Europe Marches Right, Democracy Journal

Welcome to the Birthplace of Trumpism, TomDispatch

When Bad Money Supports Good Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea and the Geopolitics of Division, Hankyoreh

Trump’s New Blame Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Building on the Good News from Asia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

Donald Trump and the Fourth Great Shattering, TomDispatch

The Fall of the House of ISIS, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collaborationists, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

The Semtex President, Foreign Policy In Focus

Things Fall Apart, Foreign Policy In Focus

Engaging North Korea Successfully on Human Rights, 38North

Germany and the Rise of the “Fascist International,” Foreign Policy In Focus

It’s Time to Deal with North Korea, Newsday

The Rohingya and the Responsibility to Ignore, Foreign Policy In Focus

Hurricane Donald Hits the Republican Party, Foreign Policy In Focus

The President Is a Ponzi, Foreign Policy In Focus

-The Racism Heard Round the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Regime Change in Washington? Hankyoreh

Trump and the Geopolitics of Crazy, TomDispatch

Mulligan in Afghanistan, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Anti-Corruption Revolution, Foreign Policy In Focus

Isolating the Isolated, Hankyoreh

Trump: The Anti-Gorbachev, Foreign Policy In Focus

Who’s a Bad Jew? Foreign Policy In Focus

A Fairy Tale from 2050, TomDispatch

Trump: Let’s Make a (Good) Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

Pushing Rewind on 2016, Foreign Policy In Focus

Honoring Otto Warmbier, Hankyoreh

America’s Violent Century, Korean Quarterly

Russia Versus Jobs, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Coming Conflict with Iran, Foreign Policy In Focus

Russia’s Not the Country Benefitting the Most from Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can South Korea Help Prevent a U.S. Attack on North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Politics of Paper, Breach the Fourth Wall

Who Will Take America’s Place in Asia, TomDispatch

When Trump’s Push Comes to Shove in Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Apology Tour, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Nixonization of Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

How to Reinvent the European Left, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Peak at Paper, DC Theatre Scene

Mafia Don’s Guide to Free Trade, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump’s Next Diplomatic Reversal: North Korea? Hankyoreh

Worst. 100 Days. Ever., Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hunger President, Foreign Policy In Focus

Brexit Is a Wake-Up Call for Europe, USA Today

New Trump, Old Bottles, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Does Kim Jong Un Want? Hankyoreh

Trump: Invasive Species, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Is from Mars, Foreign Policy In Focus

I Am the Enemy, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Cyberhacking of All against All, Hankyoreh

Doubling Down on Dystopia, TomDispatch

Trump and Russia: Shortest Reset Ever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Making America Mediocre Again, Foreign Policy in Focus

My Novel (Accidentally) Predicted Trump, OtherWords

A Global Counter-Trump Movement Is Shape, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump v. Islam, The Islamic Monthly

Killer Presidents, Foreign Policy In Focus

Will Trump Complete the Pacific Pivot? Hankyoreh

Forget America First: It’s America Alone, Foreign Policy In Focus

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Beneficial Contributions Trump Will Make to World Affairs, Foreign Policy in Focus

Globalism of the One Percent, TomDispatch

Obama the Time Traveler, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Russian Honeypot, Hankyoreh

– Goodbye Clinton! Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Detente, US News and World Report

From Here to Dystopia, Foreign Policy In Focus

How Donald Trump Changed Everything, TomDispatch

Trump the Predictable, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Europe Can Teach Us about Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Death of the International Community, Hankyoreh

Bartleby the American, Foreign Policy In Focus

It Can’t Happen Here (But It Just Did), Foreign Policy In Focus

Hillary and the Neocons, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Hawk in the Wings, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Damage Trump Does, Hankyoreh

It’s Rigged (Takes One to Know One), Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump the Arsonist, TomDispatch

Stop the Presses, Foreign Policy In Focus

Colombia: Disturbing the Peace, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Lost Language of Integration, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran: The Calligraphic Challenge, LobeLog

Syria as Metaphor, Foreign Policy In Focus

Can Korea Save the Global Economy?, Hankyoreh

YOLO Economics, Foreign Policy In Focus

NATO’s Expiration Date, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Trump and the Transformation of Politics, Hankyoreh

The Globalization of Trump, Foreign Policy In Focus

Elite Smackdown, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump: Not the Peace Candidate, U.S. News and World Report

China on the Defensive? Hankyoreh

The Myth of Trump’s Alternative Worldview, The Nation/FPIF

Russia Hacks the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Surprising Popularity of Military Coups, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Gunman, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Hangover (British Version), Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump and America B, TomDispatch

Brexit: Farewell Internationalism? Foreign Policy In Focus

Orlando and the Future of Terrorism, Foreign Policy In Focus

A Failed State in Latin America? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Nuclear Paradox, Foreign Policy In Focus

Donald Trump: Joker’s Wild, Hankyoreh

North Korea and the GCC, Gulf State Analytics

Drones and Blowback, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Music of Hopelessness, Foreign Policy In Focus

The End of Islamophobia, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Next Generation, Hankyoreh

Making China Great Again, Foreign Policy In Focus

Big Oil Isn’t Going Down without a Fight, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Pentagon’s Potlatch, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Children’s Crusade, The Nation/Foreign Policy In Focus

Ukraine and Europe: Much Depends on the Dutch, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iraq’s Artifacts of Exile, Lobelog

Should South Korea Get the Bomb? Hankyoreh

Trump: Foreign Policy’s Useful Idiot? Foreign Policy In Focus

Thinking Outside the European Box, Foreign Policy In Focus

To End No Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Poland’s Tea Party Movement, Foreign Policy In Focus

Darkness at High Noon, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Art of Dissidence and Diplomacy, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling with Iran, LobeLog

The Leader Our Foreign Policy Deserves, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia Is Invisible, Hankyoreh

Life in the Gray Zone, Foreign Policy In Focus

US and Iran Collect Diplomatic Jackpot, Foreign Policy In Focus

Wrestling Jerusalem, Foreign Policy In Focus

Africa’s Success Story? Foreign Policy In Focus

Between Rocks and a Hard Place, Foreign Policy

Geopolitics of Cheap Oil, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Reunification Guessing Game, Hankyoreh

Japan and South Korea: A New Beginning? LobeLog

Obama: The Fairy-Tale President? Foreign Policy In Focus

Can a Green Korea Lead the World? Hankyoreh

Trump, the Islamic State, and the Cliche of Civilizations, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria: Mission Possible? Foreign Policy In Focus

Je Suis Encore Charlie? Foreign Policy In Focus

Splinterlands: The View from 2050, TomDispatch

Burma: Democracy with an Asterisk, Foreign Policy In Focus

Syria’s Two-Body Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Empire, Foreign Policy In Focus

Kumbaya (Not), Foreign Policy In Focus

Is Putin Really as Foolish as We Are? Foreign Policy In Focus

The World Talks, But It’s Not Enough, Hankyoreh

Eastern Europe: Return to Normality? Los Angeles Review of Books

Mouth Wide Shut, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Middle East’s New Nakba, Foreign Policy In Focus

What Happened to Brazil? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Star Trek Fallacy, TomDispatch

After Obama: Clinton vs. Sanders, Foreign Policy In Focus

China and the Opportunity Costs of 9/11, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Sorry Politics, Hankyoreh

The New Middle Passage, Foreign Policy In Focus

Trump Takes on the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

After Iran, Is North Korea Next? Hankyoreh

The Kurdish Elephant, Foreign Policy In Focus

Greece, Iran, and the Rules of the Game, Foreign Policy In Focus

Iran Deal: Is Obama Channeling Nixon? Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Recent Victories, Hankyoreh

The Lacquer Box, Huffington Post

Refugee World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: On the Rocks, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reunification: The View from the North, Hankyoreh

Multiculturalism Saves Turkey, Foreign Policy In Focus

Reviving the North Korea-Iran Axis, LobeLog

Venture Capitalists Rule the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden, TomDispatch

Authoritarian Symps, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Young Dictator Problem, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Madness of THAAD, Hankyoreh

 

The Apology Olympics, Foreign Policy In Focus

Before/After, DC Theatre Scene

Robot-in-Chief, Foreign Policy in Focus

Women’s Delegation Crosses the DMZ, Hankyoreh

Strange News from Another Star, Los Angeles Review of Books

 

Iran: Deal or No Deal, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Retreatniks, Foreign Policy in Focus

North Korea, Iran, and a Congress that Says No, LobeLog

The Kremlin’s Kool-Aid, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Comparative Politics of Atrocity, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Can Ukraine Gnaw Its Way out of Trouble, Foreign Policy In Focus

ISIS Unites the World, Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama’s Last National Security Strategy, LobeLog

Greece and the Unlearned Lesson of 1990, openDemocracy

Furriners, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Collapse of Europe? TomDispatch

North Korea: Spyware vs. Spyware, Hankyoreh

A Neanderthal Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy in Focus

Charlie Hebdo: Middle East Blowback? LobeLog

Why 2014 Wasn’t So Terrible, Foreign Policy In Focus

Carrots for Cuba, Sticks for North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Games of Our Lives, Foreign Policy In Focus

The LIfe and Times of Michael B, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

Obama and the Gordian Knot of Politics, Foreign Policy In Focus

 

Kobane: Hunger Strikes and Air Strikes, Focal Points

Letter from Seoul, Foreign Policy In Focus

Korea’s Balloon Wars, Hankyoreh

NATO: Rebellion in the Ranks, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Sum of All Fears, Foreign Policy In Focus

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms, Foreign Policy In Focus

Resurgence of the Left in Eastern Europe, AlterNet

Menu for a Hot Planet, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Other Vietnam Syndrome, Los Angeles Review of Books

NATO Poised to Escalate over Ukraine, Inter Press Service

The Next Pandemic, Hankyoreh

Divorce, European-Style, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Plague, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

 

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza, Foreign Policy In Focus

When Government Breaks the Fourth Wall, Huffington Post

To Die For, Foreign Policy In Focus

Is China’s Rise Still Peaceful? Hankyoreh

Guys with Guns, Foreign Policy In Focus

Deserts vs. Development in China, GlobalPost

Europe’s Populist Reformation, Foreign Policy In Focus

Participatory Totalitarianism, Foreign Policy In Focus/AlterNet

Coup Fever, Foreign Policy In Focus

Piketty in Elysium, Foreign Policy In Focus/The Nation

The Three-War Doctrine, Foreign Policy In Focus

Breaking the Rules, Hankyoreh

Obama’s Half-Pivot to Asia, Inter Press Service

Earth: Game Over, Foreign Policy In Focus

World Cuts Back on Military Spending, But Not Asia, Inter Press Service

NATO on Viagra, Foreign Policy In Focus

What the Crisis in Ukraine Means for Northeast Asia, Hankyoreh

Brown Is the New Black, Foreign Policy In Focus

My Strategic Impatience, Hankyoreh

-Who Are the People? Foreign Policy In Focus

The Standoff in Ukraine (and also in Washingon), Inter Press Service

Ukraine: The Clash of Partnerships, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The Greatest Threat to Europe, Foreign Policy In Focus

Has Obama Already Forgotten about Asia? Hankyoreh

Why North Korea Today Is Not East Germany 1989, Asan Institute for Policy Studies

The Color Wars, Foreign Policy In Focus

Asia: The Ghosts of 1914, Inter Press Service

The Surveillance Blitz, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Empire’s New Asian Clothes, TomDispatch

Iraq: Revisiting the Pottery Barn Rule, Foreign Policy In Focus/TheNation.com

The World Without U.S., Foreign Policy In Focus

Collapsism, Foreign Policy In Focus

Standing Up in Turkey, Hankyoreh

American Politics Needs More Drama, Huffington Post

Competitive Suffering, Hankyoreh

Infantilizing North Korea, Hankyoreh

The Real North Korea, Korean Quarterly

Taking It to the Streets (in the GDR), Huffington Post

The Paradoxes of the Pacific Pivot, Hankyoreh

The Secret History of Yugoslavia, Foreign Policy In Focus

-The Velvet Divorce, Hankyoreh

-Eating History, Hankyoreh

Afghanistan: Avoiding Default, Foreign Policy In Focus

North Korea’s Nuclear Theater, 38North

From Pacific Pivot to Green Revolution, Foreign Policy In Focus

The Islamophobic Fringe, Hankyoreh

Dumb and Dumber, TomDispatch

North Korea and Disneyland, Hankyoreh

South Korea: Stuck in the 20th Century? Inter Press Service

The Limits of Information in North Korea, Hankyoreh

Assad and His Droogs, Foreign Policy In Focus

Guarding the Empire from Four Miles Up, Inter Press Service

-Frenemies, Foreign Policy In Focus

-Spying on the North, Hankyoreh

-Jeju Island: Paradise with a Dark Side, Washington Post

Beyond the Golden Couples of Pyongyang, 38North

Running Against Islam, Other Words

Smart Mouth, Washington Post

My Backlogged Pages, The New York Times

 

 

 

 

 


The Real Shadow Policy of the Trump Administration Is Racist Extremism

Posted by on Dec 30, 2019 in Articles, Featured, Islamophobia | 0 comments

The Real Shadow Policy of the Trump Administration Is Racist Extremism

The Democrats are pursuing two charges in their impeachment of Donald Trump: First, that the president tried to enlist Ukraine’s help for his own political gain. And second, that he’s continued to obstruct Congress in its investigation into this abuse of power. Trump’s transformation of the Oval Office into both a branch of his business empire and the dirty tricks division of his re-election campaign is certainly disturbing. But the narrowness of these charges should not obscure the broader pattern of Trump’s crimes. From the point of...

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A Global Green New Deal Could Defeat the Far Right—And Save the Planet

Posted by on Dec 30, 2019 in Articles, Featured, US Domestic Policy | 0 comments

A Global Green New Deal Could Defeat the Far Right—And Save the Planet

The best way to fight the rising far right is to go green. That’s what dozens of academics, researchers, and activists told me over the course of 80 interviews this year. Over the last decade, the radical right has come to power in the United States, Brazil, India, Poland, Hungary, and elsewhere. It has joined forces with autocrats in Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Thailand to create a new illiberal ecosystem. Together, they are challenging the rule of law, democratic governance, and the gains made by social movements...

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Trump’s Attack on the Law Is Global

Posted by on Dec 30, 2019 in Articles, Featured, Security | 0 comments

Trump’s Attack on the Law Is Global

Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, Donald Trump decided to ignore the advice of his own top brass and personally dismiss charges in three military court cases dealing with war crimes. That decision has already cost Navy Secretary Richard Spencer his job, outraged a wide range of U.S. veterans, and raised concerns abroad of a weakened U.S. commitment to international law. Trump’s direct intervention into the judicial process is not simply a function of his impulsiveness. In fact, Trump is following the same script as other far-right...

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Trump, Brexit: Where’s the Backlash?

Posted by on Dec 30, 2019 in Articles, Europe, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Trump, Brexit: Where’s the Backlash?

I dutifully got a shot this winter to inoculate myself against four different flu viruses. By exposing myself to weakened strains of these diseases, and preemptively suffering some mild flu symptoms, I can ward off the more serious consequences of a full-on infection and do my part to help stop the further spread of these pathogens. Both the United States and United Kingdom came down with chills and high fever in 2016. In the most optimistic scenario, the passage of the Brexit referendum and then Donald Trump’s electoral victory some months...

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Whose Coups

Posted by on Dec 30, 2019 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Whose Coups

Coups have been one of the greatest threats to democracy. The people elect a daring leader willing to take on the status quo. And then, as in Iran in 1953 or Chile in 1973, the military pushes the leader aside to take control. Sometimes the generals remain in power; sometimes they restore a royal to the throne. Often some external force – a foreign intelligence agency, a cabal of corporate interests – plays a key role in denying the people their democratic choice. Such coups still take place around the world – in Thailand in 2014, in...

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Soldiers Who Fight War

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Articles, Featured, Security, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Soldiers Who Fight War

One of the enduring myths connected to the Vietnam War is that the U.S. military could have won the war if the politicians and protestors back in Washington didn’t somehow handicap the generals. When George H. W. Bush launched the first Gulf War in 1990, for instance, he said that “this will not be another Vietnam. Our troops will…not be asked to fight with one hand tied behind their back.” This myth doesn’t account for the determination of the Vietnamese to repel the U.S. troops. It also doesn’t take into consideration the U.S....

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Inside the Battle for Another World

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Articles, Featured, Human Rights | 0 comments

Inside the Battle for Another World

A succession of social upheavals over the last decade has radically realigned political power throughout the world. As a result of these tectonic shifts, what had once been on the furthest fringes of the right has now moved toward the center while the left has been pushed to the margins. “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,” poet William Yeats wrote at a time of similar political churn in 1919. “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Today, 100 years after the publication of Yeats’s...

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Will Impeachment Affect Trump’s Reelection Chances?

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Articles, Featured, Korea | 0 comments

Will Impeachment Affect Trump’s Reelection Chances?

One of the hallmarks of a democratic political system is that voters change their minds. In North Korea, 100 percent of voters support the ruling party coalition in election after election. In South Korea since 1998, voters backed 10 years of progressive candidates followed by 10 years of conservative candidates. Then, after a dramatic turnaround in public opinion, South Koreans rallied to impeach the previous president, Park Geun-hye. In the United States, meanwhile, voters elected Barack Obama to two terms and then opted for someone...

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Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

Posted by on Dec 19, 2019 in Articles, Featured, US Foreign Policy | 0 comments

Don’t Just Focus on Trump’s Crimes at Home

It’s a cliché in Westerns. The bad guys ride into town only to be met by a sheriff who stands tall. “I am the law,” the sheriff says, “and you boys better move on.” This line appears in King Vidor’s 1930 film, Billy the Kid. But the speaker, sheriff William Donovan, is one of the bad guys, using his position for personal profit. Donovan’s announcement that he is the law is not a reassuring promise to uphold all that is good and fair. It is a troubling assertion of unchecked power. So, is Donald Trump a good cop or a bad cop?...

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Did the Fall of the Berlin Wall Produce Trump?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in Featured, Russia and Eastern Europe, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Did the Fall of the Berlin Wall Produce Trump?

The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. It was one of the few unambiguously joyous moments in modern history. This popular, nonviolent explosion of dissent effectively toppled East Germany’s despotic regime. And it signaled, if only symbolically, the end of the Cold War that had divided Europe for nearly half a century. Thirty years later, a united Germany remains far and away the largest economy in Europe (and the fourth largest in the world). Most of the countries of the former Warsaw Pact are members of the European Union, and their...

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